While in Kansas City for work, I found myself with a few free nights to myself and decided to do a bit of Craft Beer hunting. To speed my search, I asked my coworkers about the local beer scene, and they turned me on to some great Craft Beers from Boulevard Brewing Company. My coworkers mentioned that the best beer in Boulevard’s lineup was a Farmhouse Ale called Tank 7. When I tried to order a Tank 7 while having dinner at Swaggers, I was told that the keg had just kicked, so on another night, I opted to hoof it over to the nearest liquor store (isn’t MapQuest the best?) in search of the elusive Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
Here is what Boulevard Brewing has to say about this beer:
Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickety. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.
I found the Tank 7 to have the following characteristics…
- Appearance: Golden color. A little cloudy. Mild foam and lacing.
- Aroma: A lot of citrus with a little sweet malt.
- Taste: Sweet, spicy with just a little hops, and a smooth, dry finish.
- ABV: 8%
The Tank 7 was a great beer. It might be the best Farmhouse Ale that I’ve ever had. It is both very flavorful and very well balanced. This beer was so good, that I ignored the 8% ABV and had two of them. One note of caution: all of the Boulevard beers are bottle conditioned, so beware of the funk that might be at the bottom of the bottle.